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Unit 19: The soft g sound: ge gi gy words

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Unit 19: Soft g: ge, gi and gy words

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Spelling ge, gi and gy words - the soft g sound

In this unit we have looked at soft g sound. Let's briefly look at the hard g sound:

Teaching point If the hard sound of g (as in gas, go) is followed by e, i or y, we must add u before the vowel.

This letter u acts as a wall and stops the e, i or y from changing g to its soft sound, /j/.

Help spelling English words with soft g sound In guitar a silent u forms a wall between g and i.
This means that g can still say its hard sound.
Help spelling English words with soft g sound In guy a silent u forms a wall between g and y.
This means that g can still say its hard sound.

gui gue gue on the end
guide
guild
guile
guillotine
guilt
disguise
guess
guest
guerilla
fatigue
intrigue
league
plague
rogue
tongue
vague
vogue
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In British spelling these words always end in gue.
In US spelling they can be either gue or just g:

British spelling
dialogue
epilogue
monologue
synagogue
US spelling
dialog
epilog
monolog
synagog
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